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Wells Fargo donates $15,000 to Habitat

Aug 8, 2013 - From staff reports

In a returning partnership, Wells Fargo -- through its Housing Foundation -- has awarded $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity Wind River Country, and the Wells Fargo Riverton team will support the organization with volunteers.

The awarded funds will go toward construction of the upcoming home to be built in Riverton for a low-income family. The home will be built at 310 N. 14th St. E. for a single mother and her three children. The house will be Habitat for Humanity's 16th since 1997.

This project will include the Riverton High School's "Geometry in Construction" class and will be built primarily by high school students. This new partnership between the high school and Habitat for Humanity is patterned after a successful program in Loveland, Colo.

The home will be built as two modular units in the high school parking lot directly behind the shop class. Students will spend part of their instructional time in the classroom with geometry curriculum, and the remaining class time will be spent applying geometry theory to an actual construction site.

Students will build the house until the end of the 2013-14 school year when the two modular units will be relocated to the prepared Habitat for Humanity construction site, where it will be joined and completed by Habitat volunteers, including Wells Fargo team members. The projected completion date is in the fall of 2014.

Previous homes have been funded and constructed in Pavillion, Shoshoni, Lander and Riverton and on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The upcoming home will be the second of four to be built on what was formally the Riverton Hospital site on East Park Street. Habitat for Humanity purchased four lots on the east end of that vacant block from the City of Riverton in 2010.

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